Additional Resources

To learn more about the relationship between music and learning, take a look at these resources:

NAEYC | Articles for Families on Creative Arts and Music
This resource from the National Association for the Education of young Children (NAEYC) includes musical activities to do with infants and toddlers to help support children’s developmental skills.

NAEYC | Our Collection of Children’s Songs
NAEYC curates a collection of children’s music to enjoy in the classroom or at home.

Music Improves Baby Brain Responses to Music and Speech
Read more about I-LABS research on music and early childhood development.

National Association for Music Education | Position Statement
The National Association for Music Education position statement on music in early childhood.

Office of Head Start | News You Can Use: Music
This article from the Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center discusses how music can be used to support children’s development across learning domains.


  • Beat
    the regular pulse of music
    Electroencephalography (EEG)
    a non-invasive method used to measure electrical activity in the brain
    Executive function
    a set of mental abilities that help us focus attention, remember information, and switch between tasks
    Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
    a non-invasive brain imaging technique used to determine which regions of the brain are active
    a grouping of beats with specific patterns
    the ability to change how neurons in our brain are connected to each other
    the measure of how high or low we perceive sounds to be
    Pro-social behavior
    actions that are intended to help others
    Synchronized movement
    movements that occur in sync with musical beats and, or with other people
    the quality of a musical sound or voice that allows us to tell the differences between instruments or voices